Conflict of Interest: Diaries 1977-80

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As Secretary of State for energy, Tony Benn was concerned with a major dispute at Windscale and as President of the EEC Energy Council, his time was taken up with decisions about oil policy and nuclear power. Discussions in Cabinet concentrated on the volatile international scene, President Carter's reappraisal of American nuclear and foreign policy, the overthrow of the Shah of Iran, mounting difficulties with the Common Market and Britain's disputed membership of the European Monetary system. On the domestic front there was growing evidence of anti-democratic intelligence activity.

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Tony Benn, who first entered Parliament in 1950, has been Labour MP for Chesterfield since March 1984. He was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party in 1959, and was the Chairman of the Party in 1971-2. He has been a Cabinet Minister in every Labour Government since 1964, holding the position of Postmaster General, Minister of Technology and Minister of Power. From 1974-9 he was secretary of State for Energy and one-time President of the Council of Energy Ministers of the European Community. He contested the leadership of the Labour party in 1976 and in 1988. He is the author of eleven books, including Arguments for Socialism, Arguments for Democracy. The previous volumes of Diaries, Out of the Wilderness, Office Without Power and Against the Tide, have all been published to great critical acclaim. He holds four Honorary Doctorates from British and American Universities. He is married to Caroline, and they have four children and six grandchildren.

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Radical statesman and Member of Parliament for over fifty years, Tony Benn is the pre-eminent diarist of his generation. His political activity continued after 'retirement' through mass meetings, broadcasts and in more recent years through social media. A widower since 2000, Tony Benn died at his home in London on 14th March 2014.

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